Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock Now Headed to New London Theatre
Back in December we finally got word on the West End run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical based on the hit 2003 film starring Jack Black, School of Rock, and now we have an update on the production, with a major change to the previously-announced news.
Rather than playing at the London Palladium as was reported at the end of last year, the show will now replace Show Boat at the New London theatre. The West End venue was previously the home of War Horse for many years before it bowed out earlier in the year, with the revival of the 1920s musical replacing it. Though the latter was expected to play for some time it has instead posted early closing notices, leaving the stage ready for School Of Rock.
This is still big news, of course, for fans of the 2003 film as we now have a concrete location and start-date for the story of Dewey Finn (Jack Black’s onscreen character) who tricks his way into teaching schoolchildren.
Finn has been kicked out of his band at the beginning of the show and pretends to be his schoolteacher roommate to land a job as a substitute teacher. But when he realises he is not cut out for teaching the curriculum, he instead turns back to what he knows best – music – as creates a band of school kids.
As well as songs from the hit film, the show also encompasses musical numbers penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater. All in all, audiences can experience songs such as I’m Too Hot For You, You’re In The Band, Math Is A Wonderful Thing and School Of Rock, amongst others.
Boasting positive reviews from its New York run (which included Tony Award nominations) and music from one of the best known names in the musical world (Andrew Lloyd Webber is responsible for everything from The Phantom of the Opera to Cats, for example), this is likely to be a show to keep a close eye on when it runs at the New London Theatre.
It opens there this October.